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Keeps asking about 1099 NEC. I don't have one

I"m trying to efile and it keeps asking me to fix the federal return. Asking about 1099 NEC and an EIN number.  Why???  I don't have a 1099 NEC to report.
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Keeps asking about 1099 NEC. I don't have one

You might have a 1099-NEC in that section or Entered self employment income.  Lets start my looking at the 1099-NEC Section.  Follow there Steps:


After you have logged in and are in your return:

  • Go to Search at the top of the screen.
  • then enter Form 1099-NEC in the search box. 
  • You will see a Jump To function that will take you to the 1099-NEC input screens. 
  • Look for a 1099 in this section.  
  • If there is one there, then delete it by clicking the trash can next the 1099-NEC listed

If there is nothing there but there is showing a line with a Trash Can, then click the trash can to delete the line.  You might have started in this section and stopped before entering anything but TurboTax is looking for the 1099-NEC.


The other option might in your self employment income.  If you indicated in your entries for self employment income you received a 1099-NEC, it could be looking for that form.  If you entered self employment income and expense, go back through your Self Employment income section to insure you did not indicate you received a 1099-NEC.


Note the 1099-NEC is a new form of 2020, replacing the 1099-MISC for income earned as a non-employee.

Keeps asking about 1099 NEC. I don't have one

So my 1099 NEC row doesn't have a trash can but I don't have any 1099-NEC income or forms? Any other suggestions? Is it grabbing that idea from somewhere else?

Employee Tax Expert

Keeps asking about 1099 NEC. I don't have one

If you had no 1099-NEC's listed on the summary screen, then you may have been self-employed last tax year. If so, it will carry over to this year. In order to delete this, you would have to delete the Schedule C and any associated forms from your tax return. 


To delete Schedule C, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Open your return. 
  2. Search for Schedule C with the magnifying glass tool on the top of the page.
  3. Select the Jump to Schedule C link in the search results.
  4. If you get to a self-employment summary screen, delete the self-employment income line with the trash can icon.
  5. If you get to the question Did you have any self-employment income or expenses? answer No

Next, please make sure to delete any Schedule C or associated self-employment forms in your return. 

  1. Click on Tools.
  2. Click on Delete a Form
  3. Scroll down to your forms and look for self-employed forms you need to remove and click Delete


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